NHL Player News
Cam Talbot will be the home starter in goal Thursday night, taking on the Maple Leafs.
Since inking a three-year, $12.5 million contract extension in January, Talbot has gone 3-5-0 with a .907 save percentage. He turned in two consecutive wins to start the month following the return of stud rookie Connor McDavid, but the Edmonton Oilers have allowed 15 goals in Talbot's last three appearances. Of course, his next date is against the Buds, who have dropped two straight decisions and could struggle to find an identity after shipping captain Dion Phaneuf to the Senators on Tuesday.
Robin Lehner will be between the pipes in Thursday's game against the Flyers.
Lehner had a night to forget in his last outing, surrendering four goals on just 12 shots before being yanked in Tuesday's 7-4 loss to the Panthers. Overall, the 24-year-old goaltender has been decent in limited action this season, compiling a 2-3-1 record with a 2.65 GAA and .926 save percentage in eight appearances. He'll look to get back in the win column Thursday in a favorable road matchup with a Flyers club averaging just 2.27 goals per game at home this season, 27th in the NHL.
Corey Crawford will get the start in goal Thursday against the Stars, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Crawford suffered his 13th loss of the season Tuesday against the Sharks, but it was hardly his fault, as the 31-year-old netminder surrendered just one goal on 26 shots. The former second-round pick will look to pick up his 32nd win of the season Thursday, but it likely won't come easy, as he'll take on a Stars club averaging an impressive 3.22 goals per game this season, second in the NHL.
Braden Holtby will get the nod Thursday night against the Wild, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
No surprise as Holtby has started the last four games for the league-leading Caps. With a 34-5-3 record, along with a 2.08 GAA and .928 save percentage, the Vezina front-runner is a must start.
Andrew Hammond will be between the pipes Thursday against the Avalanche.
Hammond hasn't won a game since Jan. 4 and was lit up for four goals in his last appearance. The 28-year-old will have another chance at proving his worth against Colorado, the 12th-ranked scoring team in the NHL.
Devan Dubnyk gets a chance to end his eight-game losing streak against the Capitals on Thursday, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports.
Dubnyk's struggles in net, combined with a meeting with the Presidents' Trophy leaders, severely limits the netminder's fantasy value for this matchup. During the course of his rough stretch, the 29-year-old recorded a .898 save percentage while allowing 21 goals in eight contests. Washington has averaged 3.6 goals per game in their last 10 contests and will look to challenger Dubnyk early and often.
Michal Neuvirth (lower body) will be available as the backup to Steve Mason on Thursday night against the visiting Sabres, CSN's Tim Panaccio reports.
Neuvirth will be on hand for the first time since sustaining the lower-body injury in practice Feb. 1. In an apparent attempt to ease him back into the fold, Neuvy will watch Steve Mason make his sixth consecutive start Thursday. He's a fine complement to Mason based on a 2.14 GAA and .933 save percentage in 21 appearances this campaign.
Joonas Korpisalo will tend the twine Thursday against the Ducks.
Even with the overtime loss Tuesday against the Islanders, Korpisalo has been lights out in his last three outings, as he's posted a 1.26 GAA and .965 save percentage. The netminder will be tested by an Anaheim squad that is averaging 3.6 goals per game over their previous five contests.
Steve Mason will start in net Thursday night against the visiting Sabres, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
The Philadelphia Flyers have been reluctant to play 22-year-old Anthony Stolarz, who was called up from the minors last week. As a result, Mason is set to make his sixth consecutive start between the pipes, facIng a Sabres team that averages 2.30 goals per game, third worst in the NHL. Michal Neuvirth (lower body) will serve as the backup, according to CSN's Tim Panaccio.
Thomas Greiss will be between the pipes when the New York Islanders host the Kings on Thursday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Greiss cashed in a strong performance in his last outing Sunday against the Oilers, registering a .968 save percentage in the 8-1 rout. The 30-year-old typically sees limited action, but will look to lead the Islanders to their fourth straight victory (when he's been in the net) in Thursday's home matchup.